New Year’s Eve is upon us and with it a plethora of celebrations and ideas. The wild crowd will be out, the confetti will fly and many will bid farewell to a very difficult year. There is a certain appeal to a fresh start, isn’t there? The idea that we could wake up tomorrow and with a new year would come new things, is an uplifting thought for many people.
However, with all the partying tonight, comes tomorrow morning. Tomorrow morning you will wake up in the same world that you are now in. The economy will not change overnight, marriage problems will not go away at midnight and kids will not just decide to reconcile with their parents because it is 2012. I know that sounds pessimistic, but stay with me on this. You and I both know that this is true. Yet, there is something symbolic about kissing goodbye to last year’s calendar and looking forward to an apparent fresh start.
The Bible talks about this very dynamic as it relates to our spiritual life. In Ephesians 2 we find a portrait of a life before the fresh start and then after it.
“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins.” Ephesians 2:1
There is an uplifthing thought for you. You were born dead. This dead state is not a physical condition, but a spiritual one. We sin because it is in our nature and that sin will separate us from God. It kills our soul and makes it impossible for us to ever be with God.
But, just like so many will hope for a clean start tonight with the passing of time, there is no amount of time that will pass, no amount of good will, or nice thoughts that could ever make that soul come back to life again. It is dead and no matter if it is 2011 or 2012 it is dead. That is the bad news. The good news is that God doesn’t just leave it like that. We just celebrated Christmas, which is when we commemorate the coming of Jesus Christ. There is a huge difference in this whole scenario because He came.
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved.” Ephesians 2:4-5
I have no idea what your life is like or what you have done. All I know is that there is a true fresh start that has nothing to do with making resolutions and throwing confetti off buildings. God, in His love, sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to the earth. He came, lived and died on the cross, having taken the penalty for our sins upon Him. This He did so that we could put our faith in Him and live forever. Our soul comes back to life. We have a fresh start. Jesus Christ is the only way to God.
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
Find your fresh start in Jesus Christ! He is hope for all of us.
Happy New Year!